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Issue Details: First known date: 2000... 2000 The Red Thread
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'A seductive love story set in contemporary Shanghai, The Red Thread intertwines the lives of two pairs of lovers across the centuries. Shen is a young, American-educated appraiser for an auction house. Ruth is a gifted Australian artist he meets, it seems, by chance. And Han is a beautiful, enigmatic woman who both facilitates and complicates their relationship. Yet all three lives mysteriously mirror characters described in a rare, eighteenth-century book that comes up for auction – a book that is missing its final chapters. As the characters in the original tale move toward an ominous, unknown end, Shen’s search for the missing pages goes from curiosity to desperation as he hopes to discover – and perhaps alter – his fated future with Ruth.'

Source: Author's blurb.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • South Yarra, South Yarra - Glen Iris area, Melbourne - Inner South, Melbourne, Victoria,: Hardie Grant Books , 2000 .
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      Extent: 254p.
      Description: illus., port.
      Reprinted: 2001 with ISBN 1740640136
      ISBN: 0811829510, 1876719184
    • London,
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      England,
      c
      c
      United Kingdom (UK),
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Faber ,
      2000 .
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      Extent: 195p.
      Reprinted: 2001 with ISBN 0571206492 (pbk.) , 2001 Open market ed. 0571209963
      ISBN: 0571203353 (pbk.)
    • San Francisco, California,
      c
      United States of America (USA),
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      Americas,
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      Chronicle Books ,
      2000 .
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      Alternative title: The Red Thread : A Love Story
      Extent: 254p.
      Note/s:
      • Dedication: for Claire
      ISBN: 0811829510, 9780811829519
Alternative title: Ο κήπος της διπλής ευτυχίας
Transliterated title: O kepos tes diples eutychias
Language: Greek
    • Athens,
      c
      Greece,
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      Western Europe, Europe,
      :
      Empeiria ,
      2017 .
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      Extent: 221p.
      ISBN: 9789604174911, 9604174916

Works about this Work

Writer as Translator : On Translation and Postmodern Appropriation in Nicholas Jose's The Red Thread : A Love Story Wang Guanglin , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 63 no. 2 2018; (p. 56-67)

'In 'The Death of the Author', Roland Bathes develops a post-structuralist approach to the issues of reading, writing, and the relationship between texts and the signs that comprise them. Barthes begins the paper with an illustration of the novella Sarrasine by Honore de Balzac, in which a castrato is disguised as a woman, and of whom Balzac writes the following sentence :'This was woman herself, with her sudden fears, her irrational whims, her instinctive worries, her impetuous boldness, her fussings, and her delicious sensibility' (Balzac in Barthes 142). (Introduction)

Transnational Writings : An Interview with Australian Writer Nicholas Jose Lily Zhang (interviewer), 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: Australian Studies in China: Research on Australia by Chinese Scholars 2014;
'Author Nicholas Jose was born in 1952 in London, to Australian parents. From 1986 to 1990 he worked in Shanghai and Beijing, where he taught at Beijing Foreign Studies University and East China Normal University. Nicholas Jose was President of Sydney PEN from 2002 to 2005. He is now Professor of English and Creative Writing in the School of Humanities at the University of Adelaide. His books include the novels Original Face (2005), The Red Thread (2000), The Custodians (1997), The Rose Crossing (1994), Avenue of Eternal Peace (1989) Chinese whispers: Cultural Essays (1995) He is also general Editor of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature and the Literature of Australia. In china, he is a cultural celebrity among academics and has made outstanding contributions to China-Australian cultural and literary exchanges. In this interview, Nicholas Jose shares with us some stories behind his novel. He also talks about transnational literature and Sino Australian literary interactions, which offers us a new perspective to the study of Australian literature.' (Publication abstract)
Compost and Pollination Nicholas Jose , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 1 2003; (p. 9-23)
Remembering Forgetting : Love-Stories by Nicholas Jose, Simone Lazaroo and Hsu-Ming Teo Lyn Jacobs , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Intersections , October no. 8 2002;

Framing her reading by Moira Gatens' examination of difference (in Imaginary Bodies: Ethics, Power and Corporeality) Jaobs explores the three novels, seeing that in each of them, identity, sexual and familial love, and cross-cultural encounters are interrogated and complicated by an inability to forget the past which over-shadows the business of survival. The refutation of history's domination in these texts represents a powerful re-claiming and re-articulation of identity and individual prerogatives, speaking of reasons to live and love, beyond narrowly prescriptive collectivising narratives of time, people or place.

A New Past, a New Present in New Shanghai Nicholas Birns , 2001 single work review
— Appears in: Antipodes , June vol. 15 no. 1 2001; (p. 50)

— Review of The Red Thread Nicholas Jose , 2000 single work novel
The Thing Called Love Robert Macfarlane , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Times Literary Supplement , 8 September no. 5084 2000; (p. 21)

— Review of The Red Thread Nicholas Jose , 2000 single work novel
Shanghai Tryst Pierre Ryckmans , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Australian's Review of Books , December vol. 5 no. 11 2000; (p. 10, 27)

— Review of The Red Thread Nicholas Jose , 2000 single work novel
Play It Again, Cheongsam Peter Pierce , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Bulletin , 7 November vol. 118 no. 6249 2000; (p. 104)

— Review of The Red Thread Nicholas Jose , 2000 single work novel
Love and Longing in Shanghai and Fiji Liam Davison , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Weekend Australian , 28-29 October 2000; (p. 13)

— Review of The Red Thread Nicholas Jose , 2000 single work novel ; The Perfect Couple Derek Hansen , 2000 single work novel
Romancing the Classics Foong Ling Kong , 2000 single work review
— Appears in: The Sydney Morning Herald , 11 November 2000; (p. 10)

— Review of The Red Thread Nicholas Jose , 2000 single work novel
Compost and Pollination Nicholas Jose , 2003 single work criticism
— Appears in: Southerly , vol. 63 no. 1 2003; (p. 9-23)
La Trobe University Essay : Vanishing Points : An Essay on the Work of Nicholas Jose Evelyn Juers , 2000 single work criticism
— Appears in: Australian Book Review , December-January (2000-2001) no. 227 2000; (p. 41-46)
Remembering Forgetting : Love-Stories by Nicholas Jose, Simone Lazaroo and Hsu-Ming Teo Lyn Jacobs , 2002 single work criticism
— Appears in: Intersections , October no. 8 2002;

Framing her reading by Moira Gatens' examination of difference (in Imaginary Bodies: Ethics, Power and Corporeality) Jaobs explores the three novels, seeing that in each of them, identity, sexual and familial love, and cross-cultural encounters are interrogated and complicated by an inability to forget the past which over-shadows the business of survival. The refutation of history's domination in these texts represents a powerful re-claiming and re-articulation of identity and individual prerogatives, speaking of reasons to live and love, beyond narrowly prescriptive collectivising narratives of time, people or place.

Transnational Writings : An Interview with Australian Writer Nicholas Jose Lily Zhang (interviewer), 2014 single work interview
— Appears in: Australian Studies in China: Research on Australia by Chinese Scholars 2014;
'Author Nicholas Jose was born in 1952 in London, to Australian parents. From 1986 to 1990 he worked in Shanghai and Beijing, where he taught at Beijing Foreign Studies University and East China Normal University. Nicholas Jose was President of Sydney PEN from 2002 to 2005. He is now Professor of English and Creative Writing in the School of Humanities at the University of Adelaide. His books include the novels Original Face (2005), The Red Thread (2000), The Custodians (1997), The Rose Crossing (1994), Avenue of Eternal Peace (1989) Chinese whispers: Cultural Essays (1995) He is also general Editor of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature and the Literature of Australia. In china, he is a cultural celebrity among academics and has made outstanding contributions to China-Australian cultural and literary exchanges. In this interview, Nicholas Jose shares with us some stories behind his novel. He also talks about transnational literature and Sino Australian literary interactions, which offers us a new perspective to the study of Australian literature.' (Publication abstract)
Writer as Translator : On Translation and Postmodern Appropriation in Nicholas Jose's The Red Thread : A Love Story Wang Guanglin , 2018 single work criticism
— Appears in: Westerly , November vol. 63 no. 2 2018; (p. 56-67)

'In 'The Death of the Author', Roland Bathes develops a post-structuralist approach to the issues of reading, writing, and the relationship between texts and the signs that comprise them. Barthes begins the paper with an illustration of the novella Sarrasine by Honore de Balzac, in which a castrato is disguised as a woman, and of whom Balzac writes the following sentence :'This was woman herself, with her sudden fears, her irrational whims, her instinctive worries, her impetuous boldness, her fussings, and her delicious sensibility' (Balzac in Barthes 142). (Introduction)

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